In Fleet Prison: A Rake's Progress, Plate 7

 
Series
A Rake's Progress
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Dimensions
12 3/8 x 15 1/8 in. (image) 17 1/4 x 23 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Accession number
30.977
Collection
Not Currently On View

The Rake, now a debtor confined in Fleet Prison, is at his wit’s end. His one-eyed but now emaciated wife berates him. Everyone is pursuing fruitless money-making schemes—a rejection note for the Rake’s play lies on the table; an alchemist attempts to turn base metal into gold. The man at the left has a scheme to pay the Nation’s debts written while he, ironically, is a “prisoner in the Fleet.” Sarah collapses at this tragic turn of events, and her child (and Tom Rakewell’s) tugs at her hem.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.
Reproduction of these images, including downloading, is prohibited without written authorization from VAGA.

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2820
New York, NY 10118
Tel: 212-736-6666
Fax: 212-736-6767
e-mail: info@vagarights.com
site: http://www.vaga.org/